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Four Edmund Rice Students are facing immediate deportation.  They urgently need your support.

Three current Edmund Rice students, and one of our past pupils, are facing the shock and distress of deportation from Ireland this Thursday (January 16th).   

The four brothers, Hamza, Zubair, Umair and Mutjuba Kahn, were and are students at Coláiste Éamann Rís (CER) Cork.  They arrived in Ireland in 2017 and have been living in Direct Provision since. They have been refused international protection in this country and are now facing the terrible prospect of leaving their school, friends and hopes behind.

Hamza, the oldest of the brothers, completed his leaving certificate in 2019 and was awarded the UCC Sanctuary scholarship where is is currently studying computer science.  He, and his brothers are valued members of the Edmund Rice Community. He was also one of the inspirations for our Edmund Rice Schools “Futures on Hold” Direct Provision Position Paper.   Many of our students will have heard him speak of his experience in Direct Provision at our “Walk in my Shoes” event held in Cork in 2019.   

Optimistically, Hamza concluded his speech in Cork with the sentence “Níor dhún Dia doras riamh, nár oscail Sé ceann eile.”   

But now, a vital door of hope is being closed for him and his brothers.  Edmund Rice Schools wants to do everything we can to stop this happening for this remarkable family.

We are asking for your support.  Please share this petition amongst your school communities, to show the power of Edmund Rice Schools in speaking as one community standing together.

Gerry Bennett,
Chief Executive

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